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DMK to boycott Pudukottai by-poll

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DMK president M. Karunanidhi
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DMK president M. Karunanidhi

The Pudukottai by-election is likely to be a cakewalk for the ruling AIADMK, as the main Opposition DMK has decided to boycott the poll, saying that opposition parties would not get justice from the Election Commission.

The election will be held on June 12 and the AIADMK has announced Karthik Thondaiman as its candidate.

The seat fell vacant following the death of CPI MLA P. Muthukumaran, representing the constituency. He was killed in a road accident on April 1.

When the State executive committee of the CPI also decided to keep away from the fray, it appeared that there would be two-cornered contest, in which the ruling AIADMK would lock horns with its archrival DMK.

But DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Thursday announced his party’s decision to boycott the election, alleging that there was nexus between the ruling party and some in the Election Commission and the Election Commission announced the date for election only after consulting the AIADMK.

“Two days before the date was announced the State government allocated Rs 50 crore exclusively for Pudukottai Municipality. In this background Opposition parties will not get any justice from the Election Commission and the DMK has decided to boycott the election,” Mr. Karunanidhi told reporters.

Not a correct decision. Instead, they should have encouraged the
CPI to contest and all parties should have supported CPI to win.
Had there been a one-to-one contest between AIADMK and CPI in this
election it could have started a change in Tamil Nadu political
scene. Grand old man lost a chance to prove himself to be Dravida
Rajaji and seems to have forgotten the 1967 turning point.

from:  Rajendran TR
Posted on: May 4, 2012 at 10:02 IST

@Balu: your comment is ridiculous, you my friend have forgotten that we live in
a democracy where elected public offices are not passed onto next of kin in case the official dies.

from:  Ajit
Posted on: May 3, 2012 at 22:45 IST

It is a logic of Mr. Karunanidhi. Both the DMK and AIADMK are the same in violating election norms and misusing power... Instead of boycotting the by-election, he may support to choose a general candidate and seek the support of the all parties. If so, this may change the present political atmoshpere of the state.

from:  P. Sukumar
Posted on: May 3, 2012 at 20:09 IST

The reason for boycotting the Pudukotttai bye-election by DMK is certainly due to defeat fear.Mr,Karunanithi at least now should introspect himself,and decide weather Party is important or his siblings [ except Mr,Stalin ].
This is the high time that Alagiri and Kanimozhi are removed from the party post and given to the real workers of the Party.South Tamil Nadu people well averse of Alagri's goondaism and criminal activities,and they will never support the DMK if Alagiri is not removed from the Party.
Generally in Tamil Nadu people vote for the ruling party only and it is well known fact that the ruling party would play all types of irregularities with connivance with local police.When DMK was in power the AIADMK was crying foul and the Party have avoided all bye-elections sensing defeat.

from:  V.Shanmuganathan
Posted on: May 3, 2012 at 20:06 IST

"Boycott" is not the appropriate word in this context. It should be :the DMK of KaruNa "chickened" out of the election, in which defeat was assured !

from:  Dr. Sundara Rajan
Posted on: May 3, 2012 at 19:35 IST

If CPI had not campaigned against AIADMK in Sankarankoil I am sure AIADMK would have supported it in this by-poll

from:  Sriram Iyer
Posted on: May 3, 2012 at 19:01 IST

Mr Karunanidhi was Chief Minister five times and as such knows how by
polls turn out to be.We have seen the birth of 'Tirumangalam formula'in
a by poll.Incidentally Mr Karunanidhi's son authored the formula.He has
seen the futility of contesting the by poll and avoided the unnecessary
expenditure.Good move.

from:  S.Srinivasan
Posted on: May 3, 2012 at 17:08 IST

Karunanidhi is finding lame excuse for not contesting..Anyway DMK WILL not win this election.

from:  KKim
Posted on: May 3, 2012 at 16:46 IST

If the Election commission is pro-ruling party, DMK should not have had problems in the previous state elections when they were in power. The fact of the matter that it is getting tough to distribute money and alchohol and DMK is desperate. Further, knowing pretty well that the DMK's chance of winning the Pudukottai election is slim, this proposed move is just to avoid embarressment. It is unfortunate that there is no age limit for politicians.

from:  P V Iyer
Posted on: May 3, 2012 at 16:15 IST

A good decision. He shows that he is a real politician to show this
protest against the happenings in Tamil Nadu.

from:  N R Ravisankar
Posted on: May 3, 2012 at 15:51 IST

The most remarkable brain of Tamilnadu has come out most astounding reason
for not taking part in a by-election. If there is one institution in which the common
people of India believe in even after many politicians like him have come and gone
from power it is the EC. So, please go back to drawing board and come out
another more plausible excuse if not reason.

from:  N.K.Raveendran
Posted on: May 3, 2012 at 15:36 IST

The most remarkable brain of Tamilnadu has come out most astounding reason
for not taking part in a by-election. If there is one institution in which the common
people of India believe in even after many politicians like him have come and gone
from power it is the EC. So, please go back to drawing board and come out
another more plausible excuse if not reason.

from:  N.K.Raveendran
Posted on: May 3, 2012 at 15:36 IST

Who cares.....by the way...Goodbye DMK. We not need bugs and thugs to rule TN. K & Co can now rest in peace for life. Hats off to EC for its good work.

from:  Shanmuganath
Posted on: May 3, 2012 at 15:23 IST

The power politics among the sons and daughter has come openly Just to
divert the attention he stated Tamil Eelem conference and now this
drama The sorry state is the non participation of tamil nadu
congress in this drama and is very interesting At least now Congress
should field its own candidate to show their strength

from:  ram
Posted on: May 3, 2012 at 15:22 IST

The decision of the DMK to boycott Pudukkotai by-poll stems from the fact it does no suffer the ignominy of defeat which is very certain. Its reasoning that the party was not consulted by the EC and that there was nexus between the EC and the AIADMK does not cut much ice.

from:  JAYARAMAN V S
Posted on: May 3, 2012 at 15:20 IST

"would not get justice from the Election Commission"? Does this imply
that the Tamil Nadu opposition parties will never contest any more
election or bye election henceforth? If the political out fits have
any genuine grievances what prevents them from going to the chief
election commissioner or the President? Frankly it is no more than
the simple fear of defeat and no lofty principles are involved here.

from:  N.G. Krishnan
Posted on: May 3, 2012 at 15:17 IST

Every political party( including DMK ) used the police intelligence to a
maximum extent. Presumably the ruling party might have received
intelligence that election announcement is the offing So they might
have sanctioned the money earlier So long as DMK wins the election it
never complains. This another way of supporting DDMK indirectly Because
in the last election the AIADMk just managed to scrap through by a
slender margin of 2000 votes

from:  ram
Posted on: May 3, 2012 at 15:13 IST

what sort of an election commission does he want? He never likes one Mr.
Sampath who is a Brahmin. The entire nation barring karunanidhi is
applauding the work of Commission This is pot calling kettle blacek
Let me remind him about Thirumangalam formula propounded by DMK

from:  ram
Posted on: May 3, 2012 at 14:59 IST

Good strategy from the grand old man of TN politics!!! Instead of
cutting a sorry figure due to an electoral drubbing, better to stay away
and possibly score brownie points!!
A party which virtually controls the Centre, how can an Election
Commission support a regional opposition party?
All politicians, please give some respect to the intelligence of the
electorate.

from:  T N Kumar
Posted on: May 3, 2012 at 14:49 IST

alleging that there was nexus between the ruling party and some in the
Election Commission and the Election Commission announced the date for
election only after consulting the AIADMK. ???
Does It mean Nexus between Sampath Election Commissioner & AIADMK ???
it would be better if M. Karunanidhi could complete the story...

from:  rajdeep
Posted on: May 3, 2012 at 14:36 IST

Had the DMK protected the interest of the Tamils and Tamilnadu,this fate could not befallen on them.There is no prospect up for DMK to stand up in any election in the State.His omissions and commissions were too many and grave.They can succcessfully conduct their own party elections only any more.Every thing he did for the Tamils and Tamilnadu were all farcical.How can the Tamils trust any more ? Every thing is done with a hidden agenda including the recent revival of TESO.He miscalculated everything.Congress has no ally in tamilnadu. DMK too,has no ally in TN except afew individuals,as they are for mutual appreciation only!

from:  Sundaram
Posted on: May 3, 2012 at 14:32 IST

For once the former CM seems to be justified in announcing his boycott of the bye-
election. Decency would have prevailed if the wife of the deceased MLA had been
unanimously nominated. CPI is toothless in a situation like this. I feel it should still
make a go for the bye election and the widow would win hands up!

from:  Balu
Posted on: May 3, 2012 at 14:30 IST

This person is sure he is not going to win, unnecessarily blaming Election Commission for this.

from:  Guru
Posted on: May 3, 2012 at 14:23 IST
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